Final Plea in Human Smuggling Deaths
More than 70 immigrants were being transported to Houston from Harlingen in South Texas when the truck driver abandoned the trailer at a truck stop near Victoria, about 100 miles southwest of Houston, in 2003. The victims died of dehydration, overheating and suffocation.
Torres-Ortega faces life in prison and a maximum $250,000 fine. His sentencing is scheduled for Sept. 8
What a horrific crime.
Blame for this incident has to be shared with those who turn their backs on illegal immigration and allow it to happen. In a civilized society, potential immigrants would apply for entry and get it under the law after a background check and a check to see if there really was a place for them in the US. As it is, desperately poor people risk their lives to enter illegally, then live in the shadows in constant fear of deportation, if they survive the trip.